Jack C. Davis Observatory, Carson City

4.9
#6 of 7 in Museums in Carson City
The Jack C. Davis Observatory is an astronomical observatory at Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nevada. The facility has three telescopes: two 0.4m reflecting telescopes and one 0.25m reflector. One telescope is equipped with a spectrograph. Outside the building, a 0.12m refractor has been installed under a robotic dome and is used for studying sunspots. All of the telescopes are equipped with cameras, and are connected to the Internet so large groups can access images from remote locations.
A Campbell Scientific research-grade weather station is installed outside the observatory. The solar-powered instrument collects weather data and sends it to the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada for analysis and on-line publication. The Planetary Walkway connects the main campus with the observatory. Lining the walkway are massive sandstone monuments created by artistic inmates from the Nevada State Prison at the prison's old quarry. The stones feature carved images of the planets, along with information about the planet and a dedication to the donors.
The Western Nevada Astronomical Society is an observing group affiliated with Western Nevada College and the Jack C. Davis Observatory. The WNAS is dedicated to supporting the astronomical community through education, social functions, and service.
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  • Very nice Observatory connected with Western Nevada College, (WNC). Above the college and Carson City on the slope of the Carson Range.  more »
  • We have attended the Saturday night lectures several times and have always enjoyed them. They are fascinating and fun!  more »
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  • Went for their star gazing party and the hosts were very knowledgable and were more than willing to share about what you can see. If you have a someone who wants to study the sky. Bring them, these guys may inspire more than you think
  • We had an amazing experience and learned many new things. The volunteers are very patient and enjoy sharing their knowledge. We will definitely be back!

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